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Community grants

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Looking for funding? Middlesbrough Council and MVDA have launched Find a Funder, a new online funding search tool for Middlesbrough communities.

Training Sessions

Training sessions are aimed at community and voluntary sector groups looking for grant funding on how to use Find a Funder

Date Time Address
Monday 1st October 10am to 12pm Grove Hill Community Hub
Bishopton Road, Middlesbrough
Monday 5th November 10am to 12pm North Ormesby Hub
2 Derwent Street, Middlesbrough
Monday 3rd December 10am to 12pm Newport Settlement Hub
St Pauls Road, Middlesbrough

Council grant programmes

The council has a number of grant programmes available to voluntary and community sector groups to support activity for people in Middlesbrough. All applications must demonstrate how they link to the Mayor's Vision.

For more information on grants, please contact:

Market Management Officer
Phone: 01642 729309

Mouth of the Tees micro commissions grant fund

Our vision is that Middlesbrough Council takes a citizen-centred approach to culture, placing artists and communities as active creators, innovators, and agents of change.

We want to support artists to develop new ideas and support challenges to help develop the cultural offer in the town.

Local artists, artistic companies, and voluntary and community groups can apply for funding from £50 to £2000 for projects which must end by March 31 2019.

Download the Mouth of the Tees fund application form

Community Chest

Grants of up to £1,000 are available to voluntary and community groups within Middlesbrough. This is a rolling programme so applications are accepted throughout the year; the grant panel meets to discuss applications on average four times per year.

Applicants must demonstrate that:

  • The project/group will benefit the people of Middlesbrough
  • The project/group encourages community activity and stimulates participation and involvement
  • The project/group compliments the services and priorities of Middlesbrough Council

To apply look at the criteria then download and complete the Community Chest application form.

Physical Activity Fund

The Physical Activity Fund is no longer accepting applications

Grants of up to £2,000 are available to voluntary and community groups to encourage people from Middlesbrough to get involved in physical activity.

Projects must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Getting people active in the local area
  • Getting people active to improve long term health conditions
  • Changing the environment

To apply download and complete the Physical Activity Fund application form (guidance is included at the end of the form).

The grant panel is a multi-agency panel made up of partners on the Physical Health Partnership.

Cohesion Grants

Stronger Communities

Can you help your local community to become a friendlier and more tolerant place; helping people to learn about each other’s faiths and beliefs and work together to make it a better place to live for all? We want to support local voluntary, faith and community groups and their projects with funding of up to £2,000. Closing date for applications 04/01/19

Criteria and application form

Youth Offer

The aim of this funding is to enhance community cohesion among young people; in other words breaking down of barriers and preconceptions. We are looking for young people to tell us what issues they have noticed and to come up with creative ways of raising awareness of this either with groups, the community of Middlesbrough or even nationally. Grants of between £200-£1000 available. Closing date for applications 04/01/19


Application form

Short Break Grants

The short break grant is no longer accepting applications

Do you work with children or young people who are disabled? Grants of up to £3000 are available to groups offering positive activity to children and young people with a disability on evenings, weekends or during school holidays.

To apply for a short break grant look at the criteria then download and complete the Short Break Grant application form

Development grants

The Development Fund is no longer accepting applications

In exceptional cases, small grants of up to £5000 are available for voluntary and community groups organisations.

For more information, contact the Market Management Officer on 01642 729309.

Educational bursaries

The Student Bursary Fund is no longer accepting applications

As these are available due to Trust Funds, the amount available to distribute varies annually.

For more information, contact the Market Management Officer on 01642 729309.

Voluntary and community sector grants awarded - 2017-18

View details of the purpose and size of grants awarded.

If you think your group may be interested in applying for one of these grants this year, you can simply download the relevant application form and grant criteria below or give us a call to have a chat about your idea on 01642 729309.